Ebonyi Assembly crisis takes new dimension as court orders status quo

By Ruth Oginyi

A federal high court sitting in Abuja has ordered status quo ante bellum in the crisis in Ebonyi State House of Assembly.

The state House of Assembly had declared the seats of the Deputy Speakers of the state Assembly, Hon. Odefa Obasi Odefa, member representing Onicha east state, Hon. Oliver Osi representing the Ivo constituency, and his Afikpo North East constituency counterpart, Hon. Ngozi Eziulo vacant and elected the member representing Afikpo North West Constituency, Hon. Ikoro Kingsley as the new Deputy Speaker.

But the embattled lawmakers decided to proceed to the court to seek redress.

A federal high court sitting in Abuja, Wednesday ordered the state Assembly to maintain status quo ante bellum until the determination of the motion on notice brought before it by the three lawmakers.

In a suit, No FHC/Abj/CS/223/2022 brought before the court between the three lawmakers, INEC, Attorney General of the Federation, IGP, DSS, Speaker of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Clerk of the House, Hon. Ikoro Kingsley, and the Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Obasi Odefa, Oliver Osi, and Ngozi Eziulo prayed the court to restrain the defendants from taking any other or further steps against them until the final determination of the motion on notice which was granted by the presiding Judge, Justice I.E. Ekwo.

The Judge ordered that service on the interim order be effected on the defendants within three days of the order and adjourned the matter to 16th March 2022 for a hearing on the motion.

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